Laguna Seca: CyberSpeed Racing race report

CyberSpeed Racing Is California-Bound MAIDEN, N.C., May 1 - With its yellow and blue "hot rod" livery, the CyberSpeed Racing Riley Pontiac should fit right in with the California scene as it makes its first appearance in that state this weekend...

CyberSpeed Racing Is California-Bound

MAIDEN, N.C., May 1 - With its yellow and blue "hot rod" livery, the CyberSpeed Racing Riley Pontiac should fit right in with the California scene as it makes its first appearance in that state this weekend at the U.S. Sports Car Invitational Rolex Series races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

The team hails from the heart of stock car country as it's located in Maiden, N.C., near Charlotte. Lead driver Tony Ave is a Wisconsin native now living in Mooresville, N.C. Team owner and driver Skip Cummins, a native of Pennsylvania, now lives in Houston.

But their car certainly has the paint job of a California hot rod, and it should look great as it maneuvers through Laguna Seca's famous Corkscrew Turn this weekend in two races, a 30-minute Daytona Prototype-only race on Saturday and the Road & Track 250 on Sunday, when the 29-car Daytona Prototype class is joined by 19 GT cars for a two-hour-and-45-minute contest. Both events carry a full points payout.

The CyberSpeed Racing car was involved in an unavoidable accident in a race at VIRginia International Raceway on April 23, but repairs have been made and all systems are "go" for this weekend's races in Monterey.

Laguna Seca is celebrating its 50th season this year and the CyberSpeed Racing team is delighted to be part of it. The group is the newest team in the Daytona Prototype ranks. It debuted at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. in March. The team plans to do all but six events on the 19-race Daytona Prototype schedule this year and hopes to generate enough sponsorship funds to do all the races in 2007. (The races it'll miss this year included the Rolex 24 at Daytona; Mexico City; Long Beach, Calif.; the doubleheader at Phoenix later this month and Watkins Glen, N.Y. in August.)

The team is looking for a primary sponsor but in the meantime its owner, Cummins, is using his participation in the sport to spread the news of the work of his company, Cyberonics. Although Cyberonics does not sponsor the car, Cummins is using the exposure that racing generates to let people know of Cyberonics' VNS Therapy System, the first implantable medical device for drug-resistant epilepsy and for chronic or recurrent treatment-resistant depression. The VNS Therapy System consists of a pacemaker-like generator and a nerve stimulation electrode that acts as a "pacemaker for the brain." It has been very helpful to some people who couldn't be helped before with more traditional therapies.

"We want to spread the news that there is hope," Cummins said, noting that more information about the VNS Therapy System can be found on the Internet at vnstherapy.com.

After a promoter test day on Thursday, the official practice sessions begin Friday morning. The first Daytona Prototype race is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday, while the longer Road & Track 250 is slated to get the green flag at noon on Sunday. The latter is scheduled to be shown on SPEED live at 3 p.m. Eastern time Sunday.

Live timing and scoring is planned for grandamerican.com. The team's Web site is under development at cyberspeedracing.us. Other information can be found at laguna-seca.com and restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Tony Ave , Skip Cummins